PanaTimes

Friday, Feb 03, 2023

Twitter's blue tick will cost $8 a month, says Elon Musk, giving 'power to the people'

Twitter's blue tick will cost $8 a month, says Elon Musk, giving 'power to the people'

The charge will allow users to get priority replies, mentions and searches and allow them to post longer videos and audio clips, it has been announced.

Twitter's new owner Elon Musk has announced the platform's coveted 'blue tick' will now cost users $8 (£7) a month, and criticised the current system as "bulls***".

In a tweet himself, Musk said: "Twitter's current lords & peasants system for who has or doesn't have a blue checkmark is bulls***.

"Power to the people! Blue for $8/month."

Musk said the cost would be "adjusted by country, proportionate to purchasing power parity".

For the new monthly fee, Musk also said, users will get "priority in replies, mentions and searches" as well as the ability to post long videos and audio clips.

And he offered subscribers a paywall bypass from "publishers willing to work with us".

The charge would give the platform a "revenue stream to reward content creators", he said.

The blue tick, next to a person's Twitter account, lets users know that an account of public interest is authentic.

To receive the blue badge, Twitter stipulates, your account must be "authentic, notable, and active". There is a six-step verification process.


Last month, Musk completed his high-profile $44bn (£38bn) buyout of the social media platform, with a self-proclaimed remit to ensure everyone's timeline becomes the ultimate home of free speech.

The announcement came after Twitter's advertising chief, Sarah Personette, tweeted she had joined a number of executives parting ways with the platform.

Ms Personette, who was chief customer officer, said she had resigned her post, and was following other colleagues out the door, including former chief executive Parag Agrawal and chief financial officer Ned Segal, whom Musk fired last week.

Hateful content


Her resignation comes at a time when advertisers and users have mulled whether Musk will reverse the ban on Twitter of former US President Donald Trump - and possibly lead to an increase in divisive rhetoric on the platform.

Already, experts have noticed hateful content has skyrocketed since Musk closed his acquisition of Twitter.

Use of the n-word has increased by nearly 500% on the platform, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute, which identifies "cyber-social threats."

Newsletter

Related Articles

PanaTimes
Close
0:00
0:00
EU found a way to use frozen Russian funds
First generation unopened iPhone set to fetch more than $50,000 at auction.
WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT - US Memphis Police murdering innocent Tyre Nichols
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy said he will block Reps. Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell from serving on the House Intelligence Committee
Almost 30% of professionals say they've tried ChatGPT at work
Interpol seeks woman who ran elaborate exam cheating scam in Singapore
What is ChatGPT?
Bill Gates is ‘very optimistic’ about the future: ‘Better to be born 20 years from now...than any time in the past’
Tesla reported record profits and record revenues for 2022
Germany confirms it will provide Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks
Prince Andrew and Virginia Giuffre Photo Is Fake: Ghislaine Maxwell
Opinion | Israel’s Supreme Court Claims a Veto on Democracy
Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin Gets Married On His 93rd Birthday
Who’s Threatening Israeli Democracy?
Federal Reserve Probes Goldman’s Consumer Business
China's first population drop in six decades
Microsoft is finalising plans to become the latest technology giant to reduce its workforce during a global economic slowdown
Tesla slashes prices globally by as much as 20 percent
1.4 Million Copies Of Prince Harry's Memoir 'Spare' Sold On 1st Day In UK
After Failing To Pay Office Rent, Twitter May Sell User Names
Lisa Marie Presley, singer and daughter of Elvis, dies aged 54
FIFA president questioned by prosecutors
Britain's Sunak breaks silence and admits using private healthcare
Hype and backlash as Harry's memoir goes on sale. Unnamed royal source says prince 'kidnapped by cult of psychotherapy and Meghan'
Saudi Arabia set to overtake India as fastest-growing major economy this year 
Google and Facebook’s dominance in digital ads challenged by rapid ascent of Amazon and TikTok
FTX fraud investigators are digging deeper into Sam Bankman-Fried's inner circle – and reportedly have ex-engineer Nishad Singh in their sights
TikTok CEO Plans to Meet European Union Regulators
France has banned the online sale of paracetamol until February, citing ongoing supply issues
Japan reportedly to give families 1 million yen per child to move out of Tokyo
Will Canada ever become a real democracy?
Hong Kong property brokerages slash payrolls in choppy market
U.S. Moves to Seize Robinhood Shares, Silvergate Accounts Tied to FTX
Effect of EU sanctions on Moscow is ‘less than zero’ – Belgian MEP
Coinbase to Pay $100 Million in Settlement With New York Regulator
FTX assets worth $3.5bn held by Bahamas securities regulator
A Republican congressman-elect is under investigation in New York after he admitted he lied about his education and work experience.
Brazilian football legend Pele, arguably the greatest player ever, has died at the age of 82.
Hong Kong to scrap almost all its Covid rules
EU calls screening of travellers from China unjustified
US imposes Covid testing for visitors from China
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy Addresses Joint Session of Congress - FULL SPEECH
Where is Rishi? Chancellor Jeremy Hunt's excuses about the UK's economic challenges just don't make sense
Former FTX CEO Bankman-Fried finally arrested in Bahamas after U.S. files charges
Corruption works: House Financial Services Chair Waters doesn't plan to subpoena her donor, Sam Bankman-Fried, to testify at hearing on FTX collapse
Ronaldo's new contract...
Prince William's godmother resigns honorary royal role after exposing her/their racism
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman
Tax fraud verdict again exposes illusion of Trump the master businessman.
Yellen hints at ‘national security’ probe into Twitter purchase
×